Retreat in Daily Life
Prayer Unit 7
God Puts in Me the Desire to Do the Truth
- Remember to come into the God’s gaze and to offer Him your whole self. Then ask for what you want. This week, it is to be seized by God’s love and in that love understand in your heart God’s plan for you.
- Keep in mind how useful it is to review your prayer and identify your interior movements—your consolations or desolations
Notes about Prayer:
“How do things stand between me and God? Where am I coming from, and where is my life in Christ growing?” I can answer this satisfactorily only if I can take leisure to reflect. For I am examining here a deep and dynamic personal relationship. A way to do it is through the Consciousness Examen. Refer to the hand-out that was given earlier to you. A summary of this prayer is listed below:
- Thanksgiving – I take time to thank God for the gifts that I received during the day..
- Pray for light – I ask the Holy Spirit to help me see myself, know myself and understand myself the way the Spirit sees, knows and understands me.
- Review – I examine carefully my actions, thoughts, desires that tell me about my relationship with God, with myself and with others. Patiently, I ask what my action meant and if it embody God’s love, fear or distrust.
- Response – I take what I have learned in the review, speak to God and tell God whatever I need to say.
- Tomorrow – I set myself to change an attitude, shake off fear, or grow in some special way. I offer my life to God and place my trust in Him. I ask for the grace to be sensitive to his presence.
Theme: God Puts In Me the Desire to Do the Truth
Grace: My Lord and my God, I beg for the grace to be awakened to the desires that you have put inside my heart.
- Psalm 42:1-11 — My soul longs for you my God.
- Mark 4:26-32 — It is like a mustard seed…
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 — May He encourage your heart…
- Romans 12:9-21 — Conquer evil with good.
- 2 Peter 1:3-8 — His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion.
- Summary of Prayer
Points to Ponder: “Prayers and Holy Desires”
St. Ignatius was a man of great desires. He would recall the great exploits of St. Francis and St. Dominic, and would say, “I shall do more…” He tells us that these holy exercises always left him with a feeling of peace and devotion and strength.
- My holy desires for others
Place before God the desires you have for each of the following:
- people you want to pray for…See each of them in imagination having the things you desire for them… You need not make an explicit prayer for them. It is enough to expose to God your holy desires and to “see” those desires fulfilled.
See next page for letter B.)
- My Holy Desires for Myself
Now place before God the desires you have for yourself: all the great things you desire to do… The fact that you will never actually do them, or that you feel incapable of doing them is irrelevant. What is important is that you gladden the heart of God by showing him how immense your desires are…
Father in heaven, God of power and
Lord of mercy
From whose fullness we have all received,
Direct our steps in our everyday efforts.
May the changing moods of the human heart
And the limits which our failings impose on hope
Never blind us to you, source of every good.
Faith gives us the promise of peace
And makes known the demands of love.
Remove the selfishness that blurs the vision of faith.
– From Orientations –